Reactive Dog Group Class

Reactive Dog Class

Does your dog “overreact” when seeing other dogs on leash?

Do they growl, bark, snarl, lunge, or snap?

Do you want to learn humane, force-free methods to teach your dog how to react calmly and confidently around other dogs?

Do you want to work with likeminded owners, with their reactive dogs, together, to create a safe environment to practice together?

This is for you if…

  • Your dog “overreacts” when seeing other dogs (growling, barking, snarling, lunging, and snapping)
  • You want to learn humane, force-free methods to teach your dog to react to other dogs calmly and with confidence
  • You are new to When Hounds Fly, or alumni of When Hounds Fly (private lessons or group classes)
  • Your dog is “reactive” to other dogs on leash while on walks (whether it’s fear, or overarousal and frustration)
  • Your dog is NOT reactive/aggressive to people (so that our instructors can come close to you, and help you handle your dog)

The Program

  • Seven (7) sessions – 1 Virtual, 6 In-Person
  • Purpose: To help you help your dog learn to feel safe AND behave in a relaxed, confident manner around other dogs
  • Outcome: You will develop the essential skills and confidence to help your dog improve, and enjoy more peaceful and joyful walks with your dog
  • Co-existing on-leash with some degree of proximity is the outcome objective
  • Direct Nose-to-Nose/Off-Leash Interactions is NOT in scope for this program.

Program Features

  • Safe and controlled environment – Only 6 dogs per session in our 4000 square feet at our South Etobicoke facility
  • Ample One-on-One Attention – A 2:1 ratio of student to certified dog trainer means ample individualized guidance and feedback to our human students
  • Learn Foundation Behaviours – to replace your dog’s current undesirable behaviours of lunging, barking, snapping, when presented with triggers
  • Learn Emergency Behaviours – to prepare you and your dog to get out the potential sticky situations quickly, effortlessly, without incident
  • Learn how to work WITH your dog – to strengthen your bond and trust as you work through this challenge as a team

Meet Your Instructors:

Lead instructor Rachael Johnston, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP, will be assisted by Stephanie Tran (CPDT-KA), Monique Dayaram (KPA CTP), Chris Taccogna (CPDT-KA) and Mayra Morales. All three have extensive experience owning reactive dogs AND helping countless owners (and their dogs) with reactivity.

K. Turner

“Rachael was absolutely wonderful – she is experienced, knowledgeable and makes you feel super comfortable and confident. She gave us great tips, answered all of our questions, and was overall an excellent teacher (showing us by example and then having both my husband and I try). We had moved condo buildings and our dog had become reactive to some of the new dogs in the building and in just 2 sessions with Rachael he has improved so much. He now seems relaxed and secure and excited about his new routine and skills.  How much she cares about dogs comes across and you can tell she really wants to help.”

– K. Turner

Steph, Dylan, & King

“We are thrilled with how far King has come!

King is a rescue from the Toronto Humane Society and we got him a little over a month ago. He’s about a year and a half and to say he’s full of energy is an understatement. When we first got him we were told he was very dog aggressive, and probably wouldn’t do well in a condo.

Enter Stephanie – Within the first few minutes of meeting her we knew she was perfect for us. She’s extremely knowledgeable, confident, and you can just tell she loves dogs. She was very patient with the 3 of us and gave us confidence in our training. Without Stephanie we would have never realized how smart King is, and how much potential he has. “

– Steph, Dylan & King!

Tom and Deborah

“A year after our private sessions with Andre, our beagle Jake sits on our front porch and watches dogs walk by without aggression — dogs that used to set him off on sight at any distance. We continue to use food rewards on walks and have reduced fear-aggression responses to a rarity. He no longer guards the porch when the postman, delivery people or friends approach. Can’t tell you how grateful we are for Andre’s sound advice.”

– Tom and Deborah

Lauren R.

“We had an absolutely fantastic experience here. When we adopted our dog, Corky, she didn’t even know her name and didn’t know any commands. By the end of the Foundations Skills Class she knows a ton — how to sit, lay down and even go to bed! Most of all, the trainers gave us the skills and knowledge to train Corky on an ongoing basis. The trainers are awesome and always give individual feedback about your dog. Corky had a blast going to class.”

– Lauren R

Lauren K.

“My husband and I took the Puppy Start Right classes with our pup when we first got him. Two years later I still think it’s the best thing we’ve done so far as pet “parents”. In addition to teaching him the basics and teaching us how to properly train our pup, I think the early socialization made a huge difference in terms of how he interacts with other dogs. We take him to doggy daycare a few times a week and every time we pick him up the staff comments on how good he is with other dogs (even the ones who don’t typically play well with others).
The classes at When Hounds Fly were fun, informative and taught us how to train our dog instead of just focusing on teaching obedience and tricks. If you have a new puppy, I highly recommend the Puppy Socialization class.”

– Lauren K

Program Tuition

$661.50 plus HST (7 week program)


South Etobicoke

Please note: It will only ever be offered at our South Etobicoke location, which is the only location that is 4000 square feet and has ample parking close by and is not facing a busy major street.

Okay, I’m Ready to Go!

This program has an admissions process. Please fill out the application form below. Rachael will personally review all applications to ensure every participant is a good fit, and invite you to complete the registration and payment online.

Groups Forming:

Tuesday Nights

  • 2 Cohorts: 6:30 PM, 8:00 PM (July 26th – Sep 6th)

Wednesday Daytime

  • 1 Cohort: 12 PM (July 27th – Sep 7th)

Saturday Afternoons

  • 1 Cohort: 2 PM (Aug 6th – Sep 24th) skips weeks some stat holidays